CogSci 2011 Preview

The 33rd annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society is kicking off next Wednesday. The lab is going to be well represented this year with a couple of talks and posters. Here’s a preview of what we’ll be presenting. Be sure to drop by the talks and posters and give us a hard time (or buy us a beer if it looks like other people are giving us a hard time!). Hope to see you there!

Thurs, July 
21

6:45pm -


 Posters


 (
Track 
A
, 
Poster 
Room)
Poster #1387
 – 
Does 
Category 
Labeling 
Lead 
to 
Forgetting?
Nathaniel Blanco, and Todd Gureckis

A closer look at claims that verbally labeling an object impairs memory for it. Sneak peak: probably not.

Fri, July 
22

6:45pm -


 Posters


 (
Track 
A
, 
Poster 
Room)

Poster #1298 
- 
Modeling 
information
 sampling
 over
 the 
course
 of
 learning
Doug 
Markant, and Todd
 Gureckis

An investigation into how people use their uncertainty to guide sampling decisions during a self-directed learning task and how their decisions change during the course of learning.

6:45pm -


 Posters


 (
Track 
A
, 
Poster 
Room)
Poster #1059 – 
Learning 
categories 
from 
an 
intermittent 
teacher
John 
V 
McDonnell, and Todd
 
Gureckis

A study of how, and under what circumstances, information from labeled and unlabeled items is integrated during category learning tasks where both types exemplars are provided.

Sat, July 23

1:40pm – 


Symposium:
 Grow 
your
 own 
representations:
 Computational
constructivism


 (
Track
 B
,
 Plaza
)
featuring Joseph 
Austerweil,
 Thomas
 Griffiths,
 Todd
 Gureckis,
 Robert 
Goldstone, Kevin
 Canini, 
Matt
 Jones

A invited symposium on “constructivist” approaches to human learning (i.e., ones in which new representations are built to interpret the world). Todd is giving a “endnote” talk discussing the various modeling approaches to this question and what they tell us about the mind and brain.

3:10pm – 


Timing 
and 
decision 
making 


(
Track 
F
, 
Georgian 
Room
)
Talk 603
 – 
Don’t 
Stop 
‘Til 
You 
Get 
Enough: 
Adaptive 
Information 
Sampling 
in 
a Visuomotor
 Estimation 
Task
Mordechai 
Juni, 
Todd 
Gureckis, 
Laurence 
Maloney

How much information is enough to make a decision? This talk presents a study of how people sample information in a visuomotor estimation task where each cue requested reduces possible reward.   Todd will be presenting.